Every now and then the stars align and good things come your way...
Three of my Equine images were recently juried into the 2017 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo ‘Art in the Park’ which was held in Denver on March 10-12. Only 20 artists were juried into the event, with 3 of them being photographers. Judging was held on Friday and Saturday with an artist reception held Saturday evening, were I was awarded 'People Choice' award for my efforts! Always great to be recognized for your work but the best part was talking to all the equine lovers at the show. I made the comment to someone that my work was mostly from a local horse rescue and was quickly corrected by them - 'People don't rescue horses, they rescue us' - that comment made my night!
As a back story – most of the Equine images have been inspired and taken at the BlueStar Equine Center http://www.equiculture.org
located just 1 mile from my childhood home in Western Massachusetts. The old ‘Domey Dairy Farm’ was purchased a few years back and since turned into a horse rescue farm. Over the years, I have become friendly with the farms Director (Pamela Rickenbach) who often walks me out amongst the ‘herd’. This is a ‘Draft’ Horse rescue community (think carriage ride/work horses – more info on their site) and honestly, it’s quite intimidating being with these gentle giants of the horse world.
My image of ‘Tex’ is probably my favorite, plus he is the 5th largest Belgian in the world – according to Guinness. I'm told he is 6' 8" tall at the shoulders and weights well over 2000lbs (can you image the size of the other 4 - geez)! They often show there spirit and control by bouncing you around like a bowling pin so I’m thankful for Pam’s guidance and help walking in and around them on the property to stay safe.
Below is a another link to Pam's Facebook page with some nice comments. And as always, you can see more Equine images on my 'Hoof It' page.
And while you are at it, please consider making a donation to their 'hay' drive - every little bit helps!